Parliament Invites Public Comment on Constitution Amendment Bill – Bill Watch 3 / 2020

Source: 23 January 2020Democracy, Legislation

Parliament yesterday published the following self-explanatory notice:

This communication serves to inform you that on Friday, 17 January 2020, the Speaker of the National Assembly gazetted the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, H.B. 23, 2019.

Section 328 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that:

“(3) A Constitutional Bill may not be presented in the Senate or National Assembly in terms of section 131 unless the Speaker has given at least ninety days’ notice in the Gazette of the precise terms of the Bill.

(4) Immediately after the Speaker has given notice of a Constitutional Bill in terms of subsection (3), Parliament must invite members of the public to express their views on the proposed Bill in public meetings and through written submissions, and must convene meetings and provide facilities to enable the public to do so.”

In compliance with this constitutional provision, and as part of public consultations meant to enhance participatory democracy, the Parliament of Zimbabwe is inviting comments on the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, H.B. 23, 2019 for consideration by the relevant Committee(s).

All comments must be submitted to the following e-mail addresses: bills@parlzim.gov.zw or clerk@parlzim.gov.zw

Alternatively, written submissions can be sent to: Parliament of Zimbabwe, Corner Third Street and Kwame Nkrumah, P.O Box CY 298, Causeway, Harare.

All submissions must be received on or before Friday, 17 April 2020.

Targeted public and stakeholder consultations on this very important Bill will be conducted in due course on dates to be advised.

For any clarification, you may get in touch with Mrs Luciah Nyawo, Assistant Clerk of Parliament, on email nyawol@parlzim.gov.zw

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